NPD Group

  1. Business Matters: Music Discovery Through Advertising

    October 16, 2013 7:37 PM EDT Brands have long been involved in the music business. The call letters for WSM, the home of the Grand Ole Opry, stand for "We Shield Millions," the slogan of former owner National Life & Accident Insurance Company. Brands that fund ...

  2. iTunes Market Share Still Dominant After a Decade (Research)

    April 16, 2013 7:00 AM EDT After nearly a decade since selling its first digital song, Apple Inc.'s iTunes continues to dominate with a 63% unit share of the U.S. market for digital music downloads in the fourth quarter, according to estimates released Tuesday by t ...

  3. Business Matters: The Difference Between Mobile and Portable

    February 11, 2013 9:05 PM EST Consumers are quite comfortable with mobile music, according to new data from NPD Group. Forty percent of tablet owners report listening to music on the device while 56% of smartphone owners use the device to listen to music.   Smartphone owners ...

  4. Video Game Spending Rises in Q1 With New Revenue Streams

    July 12, 2011 6:45 AM EDT NEW YORK - First-quarter U.S. spending on new physical video and PC game software amounted to $2.03 billion, but digital downloads, used and rented games, mobile games, social network games and game subscriptions added $1.85 billion to that figure ...

  5. Video Game Sales Hit Four-Year Low in May

    June 15, 2011 7:32 AM EDT NEW YORK - The video game industry in May hit its lowest monthly U.S. retail revenue from physical product since Oct. 2006. Total games sales of $743.1 million, including hardware, software and accessories, compared with $866.8 million in the year ...

  6. Videogame Sales Slump

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The holiday sales cycle just became more important than ever for the videogame industry. Already coping with a rather lackluster year so far, September sales figures--compiled by the NPD Group—didn’t bring any good news. Overall industry revenues ...

  7. Spotify Fires Back

    February 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST The latest debate in digital music is music streaming services’ impact on paid download purchases. In response to new data shared by NPD Group’s Russ Crupnick, Spotify says on-demand music services do not cannibalize music sales. “There is other d ...

  8. NPD Group: U.S. Record Industry Lost 24 Million Customers Over Two Years

    February 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST The NPD Group says 24 million fewer people bought music in 2009 compared to 2007. At the Digital Music Forum in New York on Wednesday, The NPD Group’s Russ Crupnick presented some insightful data on U.S. music purchases from 2007 to 2009. The pres ...

  9. Survey: Games Trump Movie Theaters

    May 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The boxoffice is booming. Nevertheless, Americans seem to prefer spending time with video games over a night out at the movies. In the past six months, 53% of U.S. consumers have gone to the movies, but 63% have played a video game, according to r ...

  10. Report: Teen Music Spending, P2P Use Drops

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Teens are buying fewer downloads, using P2P less frequently and listening to more music streams, according to a new report by NPD Group. NPD found that CD purchasing declined by 26% in 2008 while download purchases fell 13%. In contrast, more than ...

  11. Report: 'Rock Band' Passes $1 Billion

    March 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Rock Band franchise has passed $1 billion in retail sales, according to the NPD Group. That includes the combination of the game software and the instrument controllers needed to play it. In addition, MTV says Rock Band owners have purchased m ...

  12. Digital Briefs: MixWit, Online Music Demand, mBlox

    December 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST -Online playlist service MixWit is the next to shut down . Without citing specific reasons, the company says it will turn off the website and all profiles on it by Dec. 27. -The NPD Group reports that year-over-year consumer demand for music among ...

  13. Analyst: Amazon Music Expanding Digital Market

    April 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT New figures from NPD Group suggest that the Amazon DRM-free digital music service is doing more to grow the overall digital music market as opposed to simply stealing customers from iTunes. The research group says only 10% of Amazon customers had ...

  14. Report: Videogame Spending Tripled Last Year

    March 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's a good time to be in the videogame business. While spending on music fell 10% in 2007, according to new data from the NPD Group, videogame spending tripled in the same period, and DVD sales were largely flat. Retail sales of videogames j ...

  15. Mixed Messages On The Digital Biz

    February 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST A pair of analyst reports measuring the digital music space paint a mixed picture for the future of the industry. Looking back at last year, the NPD Group says music fans acquired more music in 2007 over 2006, but paid less for it. Overall, music ...

  16. Report: Kids Using Paid, Pirate Download Sites

    January 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST A new NPD Group report finds that while most teens and tweens are using paid music download services these days, they're also still using pirate sites at a high rate. The research group estimates up to 70% of U.S. kids aged 9 - 14 download mu ...

  17. Online Vid Rental Services Gaining Ground

    February 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST Online subscription services for video rentals nearly doubled their share of the total rental market in the fourth quarter of 2004, according to research firm the NPD Group. Online subscription services for video rentals nearly doubled their share ...

  18. NPD: CD Prices Falling In Stores

    November 05, 2004 12:00 AM EST The average price of a CD in U.S. stores in the third quarter was $12.95, according to a survey conducted by NPD Music Watch Price Lab. That represents a 4% decline from the $13.49 the firm found in t The average price of a CD in U.S. stores in th ...

  19. Study: Legal Downloads Drop

    October 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT NPD Group numbers show 23% drop since April. NPD Group numbers show 23% drop since April. News ...

  20. Study: Legal Downloads Drop

    October 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT While the balance of power in the legal online music world remains virtually unchanged, the number of consumers legally downloading music files has been on the decline, according to the latest sector While the balance of power in the legal online ...

  21. Study: Legal Downloads Drop

    October 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT While the balance of power in the legal online music world remains virtually unchanged, the number of consumers legally downloading music files has been on the decline, according to the latest sector While the balance of power in the legal online ...

  22. NPD Group Bows Video-Tracking System

    July 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT VideoWatch to research market share, profiles. The NPD Group has launched a new home-video tracking system called VideoWatch. VideoWatch will track home-video sales and rentals at traditional brick-and-mortar stores as well as other distribution c ...